. -- Creighton men's basketball dropped a spot in both polls but improved in the RPI as part of a busy Monday that also saw senior Doug McDermott
haul in a pair of big-time honors.
After splitting two games last week, the Bluejay men fell to 14th in both the Associated Press and USA Today coaches polls. This marks the 10th different week this year the Bluejays have been in the AP top 25, and 12th such notice from the coaches poll.
The NCAA's official RPI saw Creighton jump a spot up to seventh, matching the club's best ranking this season in the nine Monday's it's been officially released.
Individually, the honors continued to pile up for senior forward Doug McDermott
McDermott was named National Player of the Year by BleacherReport.com, the nation's third-most popular website with more an estimated 40,000,000 unique monthly visitors. It's the second time in three years he's won a National Player of the Year award, joining the CollegeInsider.com Lute Olson National Player of the Year Award he won as a sophomore. BleacherReport.com also named McDermott a First Team All-American.
McDermott was also named a First Team All-American by Sporting News on Monday. The honor is noteworthy because the publication had been one of the rare outlets to have McDermott as a Second-Team All-American each of the past two years. Sporting News is one of the four outlets used to determine consensus All-America status, along with the Associated Press, USBWA and NABC.
McDermott leads the nation in scoring (26.5 ppg.) and ranks second in field goals and points scored. He's scored 20 points or more in 26-of-30 games this season, including a career-high 45 points in Saturday's Senior Night win over Providence. In the process, he's moved up to seventh in NCAA history with 3,011 career points. He is the nation's first player in 25 years with three straight years of 750 points or more and one of three men all-time with at least 3,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.
Creighton (24-6) returns to action on Thursday at 6:02 pm Central when it plays a quarterfinal round game vs. DePaul or Georgetown at the BIG EAST Tournament, presented by New York Life in New York City.